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International Space Station docks SpaceX’s Dragon capsule

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station reached out and caught SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for docking at the orbiting lab on Friday in a historic first for commercial spaceflight. The California-based SpaceX, owned by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has now reached the climax of its test mission to become the first…

Super-telescope project split between South Africa and Australia

A long-running joust to host a radio telescope that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended on Friday with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between Australia and South Africa. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said John Womersley, chairman of the board of…

SpaceX makes final approach to space station

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on Friday made its final approach toward the International Space Station, edging closer to the climax of its landmark mission to latch on to the orbiting research lab. By 6:30 am (1030 GMT), the unmanned Dragon was 240 meters (yards) from the $100 billion dollar space outpost…

Dinosaur with tiny arms unearthed in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine experts have discovered the near-complete remains of a new species of Jurassic-era dinosaur that stood on its rear legs and had tiny arms, according to a leading paleontologist. The find belongs to the Abelisaurus family, “the most common carnivorous species in the southern hemisphere during the…

Scientists: Anti-psychotic drug also kills cancer

A drug with a long list of heavy side effects, commonly used to treat sufferers of schizophrenia, also possesses some startlingly potent anti-cancer properties, according to research published Thursday in the medical journal Cell. The drug, thioridazine, is usually dispensed as a last resort for schizophrenics whose symptoms did not…

SpaceX completes fly-under at International Space Station

A first of its kind demonstration flight by SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on Thursday successfully completed a key milestone in its mission — a fly-under of the International Space Station, NASA said. The privately owned spacecraft “passed directly below the ISS at a distance of 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), fulfilling all…

Climate researchers warn global warming could exceed 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit

Climate researchers said Thursday the planet could warm by more than 3.5 degrees Celsius (6.3 degrees Fahrenheit), boosting the risk of drought, flood and rising seas. The UN’s target is a 2 C (3.6 degree Fahrenheit) limit on warming from pre-industrial levels for manageable climate change. In a report issued…

Heartland CEO admits he sucks, kills off future climate change denial conferences

Speaking to the seventh annual “International Conference on Climate Change” (ICCC) in Chicago on Wednesday, Heartland Institute CEO Joseph Bast revealed that “under 300″ people attended this year, then begged those attendees for donations from their “rich uncle,” admitting he’s “not a good fundraiser” and that the group has struggled…

Scientists say worst radiation exposures in life happen at doctor’s office

Where in life would you say that you get the highest doses of radiation? Would you say it’s from the television or cell phone? TSA scanners at the airport? If you did, you’d be wrong. According to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, most people receive their highest levels of…

Heartland faces financial crisis after ill-advised billboard campaign

The ultra-conservative Heartland Institute admitted it was in financial crisis on Wednesday, with the flight of corporate donors making it difficult to pay staff or cover the costs of its annual conference aimed at debunking climate science. In a speech at the close of this year’s climate conference, Heartland’s president,…

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